IAC Fellowships & Research Grants at the Bunche Center

 

Updated 1/3/2017

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The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) Fellowships & Research Grants

The IAC has made funds available annually through its visiting scholar and fellowship programs and its research grants. These awards have resulted in the publication of hundreds of books, monographs, and articles as well as the completion of many dissertations, master’s theses, and MFA film projects.  They have contributed significantly to the fund of new knowledge about America’s underrepresented populations.

IAC visiting scholar and graduate/predoctoral fellowships are competitive awards that support scholarship on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os. The acceptance of a fellowship carries with it a commitment to contribute to the research activities of the sponsoring ethnic studies research center.

Visiting Scholar Fellowship Program in Ethnic Studies

The Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os. We especially encourage applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades, including greater heterogeneity within ethnic groups and increased interethnic contact.

The 2017-2018 IAC Visiting Scholars will receive funding for one or more quarters, with an approximate stipend of $35,000 for three quarters (contingent upon rank, experience, and date of completion of their terminal degree). In the event that an award is for less than three quarters the stipend will be prorated in accordance with the actual length of the award. Visiting Scholars who have a home institution, these funds can be used to supplement sabbatical support for the total that does not exceed the candidate’s current institutional salary. These Visiting Scholars will be paid through their home institution and will be expected to continue their health benefits through that source. Visiting Scholars who do not have a home institution will receive a stipend for living expenses and may be eligible for health benefits. Awardees may receive up to $4,000 in research support. The Bunche Center for African American Studies will not have a Visiting Scholar this academic year. If your research is interethnic, you may want to inquire with the other ethnic studies centers about their fellowships.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and hold a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university (or, in the case of the arts, an appropriate terminal degree) in a relevant field at the time of appointment. UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply.

Deadline:
Applications are available October 15, 2016. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 pm January 12, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in March.

Application Form

Once you have discussed your project with the appropriate Center, please complete the application form.

Link to online application: https://sa.ucla.edu/IAC/VisitingScholar

Please note that you will need a UCLA Logon ID to apply. If you do not have a UCLA Logon ID, please go to https://logon-asm1.logon.ucla.edu/activate.php to create one.

 

Graduate/Predoctoral Fellowship in Ethnic Studies

The UCLA Institute of American Cultures (IAC), which houses UCLA’s four Ethnic Studies Research Centers (American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Bunche Center for African American Studies, Chicano Studies Research Center) offers a limited number of Graduate/Predoctoral Fellowships. We especially encourage applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades, including greater heterogeneity within ethnic groups and increased interethnic contact. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis to current UCLA graduate students and predoctoral candidates with demonstrated interest in the field of ethnic studies to aid in the completion of a thesis or dissertation. The terms of awarded fellowships may range from 1 to 3 quarters, and will cover in-state tuition and fees plus a maximum stipend of $6,000 per quarter.  The acceptance of a fellowship carries with it the commitment to make a contribution to the activities of the sponsoring Ethnic Studies Research Center. The Chicano Studies Research Center and the American Indian Studies Center will not be awarding a 2017-2018 Graduate/Predoctoral Fellowship.

Eligibility Requirements:

Open to UCLA students with a demonstrated interest in African American, American Indian, Asian American, or Chicana/o studies. Application for the fellowship in African American Studies is open only to doctoral students who will have advanced to candidacy by the beginning of the fellowship year. Restrictions apply regarding acceptance of supplemental employment and/or other awards during the fellowship year.

Deadline:
Applications are available October 15, 2016. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 p.m., January 12, 2017.  Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in March.

Application Form

If you are doing research regarding the African Diaspora, we encourage you to apply to the Bunche Center.  You do not need to receive approval from the Bunche Center to apply.  If you’re unsure or have other questions, you may contact the Bunche Center’s Assistant Director, Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon at acramon@bunche.ucla.edu.  You are strongly encouraged to e-mail your specific questions instead of calling and leaving a voicemail.  This is the best way to quickly have your questions answered.

The online application is available here:  https://sa.ucla.edu/IAC/GraduatePreDoctoral

Applicants may apply to only one research center during a given funding year. You will be prompted to enter your UCLA Logon ID after you click on the above application link.  Please give yourself enough time before the deadline to review the online application.  Your advisors will need to submit their letters of recommendation online as well.  However, they will not be sent a link to upload your recommendation letter UNTIL you complete and submit the application online.  So, you may want to request the letter in advance and then alert them of your submission so they can look out for the upload link in their email.  They will be given a grace period in order to upload the letter.  Your transcripts are the only items that must be mailed to the center. The instructions are included in the application.

 

IAC RESEARCH GRANT PROGRAM IN ETHNIC STUDIES

The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) invites applications for support of research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os for 2017-2018. The Institute also invites proposals on interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the Centers and/or between the Centers and other campus units.

Eligibility Requirements:
UCLA faculty, staff, graduate students, and IAC Visiting Scholars.

Funding: The Research Grant Program is on a reimbursement basis only. Funds for the purchase of permanent equipment will be provided only under exceptional circumstances. Conference travel, whether the applicant is presenting or attending, is not reimbursable.

Grant Period: July 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

Deadline:

Applications are available November 15, 2016 and must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 13, 2017. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in May.

Application Form

If you are doing research regarding the African Diaspora, we encourage you to apply to the Bunche Center. You do not need to receive approval from the Bunche Center to apply. If you’re unsure or have other questions, you may contact the Bunche Center’s Assistant Director, Dr. Ana-Christina Ramon at acramon@bunche.ucla.edu. You are strongly encouraged to e-mail your specific questions instead of calling and leaving a voicemail. This is the best way to quickly have your questions answered.

Link to Application Form: https://sa.ucla.edu/IAC/ResearchGrant   

You will be prompted to enter your UCLA Logon ID after you click on the above application link.  Please give yourself enough time before the deadline to review the online application.

Grant Period

July 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

Grant recipients using human subjects will be required to submit her or his research proposal or exemption materials to the UCLA Institutional Review Board for approval. For those doing research on human subjects, funds will be available to grant recipients after completion of training and certification in the Protection of Human Research Subjects.
Important Dates

July 1, 2017 Begin grant period
May 31, 2018 End grant period, all receipts for reimbursement due to appropriate Ethnic Studies Research CenterDeadline for no-cost extensions, submit to IAC Coordinator for approval
July 31, 2018 Final Budget Report and Narrative deadline, submit to IAC Research Grant Coordinator:

 

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